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Research and Other Scholarly Activities

Introduction

No field is growing faster than the neurosciences, both basic science and clinical. Our department continues to expand in both arenas, with a departmental mission of bringing basic science advances to the clinical care arena (“bench to bedside”).

Residents are welcome to use elective time to pursue research interests—see the section Research Electives below for details—but regardless are required to engage in some scholarly activity. Although “scholarly activity” is usually taken to mean peer-reviewed publication, it is also evidenced by participation in journal club and conferences.

Journal Club

Each resident will lead a journal club at least once during the training program. The resident is responsible for choosing an article for review and selecting the appropriate faculty member to supervise the meeting. The resident will prepare and present the article during journal club with discussion surrounding relevance/importance of the article, study design, patient population studied, statistics used, conclusions drawn, and the validity of the conclusions. The resident must provide a thoughtful critique and be prepared to put the article in the context of the body of neurologic knowledge.

Conferences

Morning report – Each resident will be assigned morning report sessions throughout the year. The resident will present a patient case with emphasis on neurological history and exam, differential diagnosis, and discussion of relevant literature.

Grand Rounds – Each senior resident will be required to present at the Department of Neurology Grand Rounds during the final year of training. Any resident may present at Grand Rounds at any additional time if so desired.

Wisconsin Neurological Society – Each resident is encouraged to present at the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Neurological Society. Residents may present unusual case reports or original research.

Latest revision: 05-01-2015